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Physical activity recommendations

The current physical activity recommendations for health indicate that children and adolescents should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity every day, with preferably at least three ses-sions of vigorous-intensity activity each week. Adults and seniors should undertake at least 150 minutes of moder-ate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, and at least two sessions of muscle-strengthening activities, each week. Higher levels of physical activity may provide both children and adults with greater health benefits; however, even a small amount of activity is better than none. Therefore, persons who can-not adhere to all physical activity guidelines for health-related or any other reasons should be as active as their cir-cumstances allow.

Children and adolescents (5-17 years old)
Children and adolescents should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity every day, with preferably at least 3 sessions of vigorous-intensity activity each week, including bone- and muscle-strengthening activities.

Adults (18-64 years old)
Adults should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, and at least 2 sessions a week of muscle-strengthening activities involving major muscle groups, each week.

Seniors (65 years old and older)
Seniors should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, and at least 2 sessions of muscle-strengthening activities involv-ing major muscle groups, each week. Those with poor mobility should also engage in physical activ-ities designed to improve balance and prevent falls at least 3 times a week.